Summerville High School announces interim football coach

John McKissick retired from his post as head football coach at Summerville High School , after 63 seasons and 620 wins.

Summerville High School Principal Kenny Farrell announced Thursday that Joe Call has been named to serve as interim football coach at Summerville High School for the 2015 football season. A committee of community members and school staff interviewed interested candidates for the interim position.

“It’s been a long week and a half,” Call told News 2.

John McKissick retired from his post as head football coach at Summerville High School last week, after 63 seasons and 620 wins. McKissick is the all-time winningest coach at any level of football. Now the reigns are being handed to McKissick’s grandson and former offensive coordinator, Joe Call.

To say Call has Lowcountry football in his blood would be an understatement. Call played for his grandfather at Summerville before suiting up for The Citadel’s football program.

Call has served as a physical education teacher and as an assistant football coach at Summerville High School since 2003. In addition to his coaching duties with the school’s football program, he served as head coach for the girls’ track and field team for five years. The 2011 girls’ team won the 4-A Girls’ Track & Field State Championship, and Call was named the 2011 State Girls’ Track & Field Coach of the Year. He also coached boys’ track and field, serving as head coach for two years.

Mr. Farrell stated that the school plans to advertise the head football coach position, and interview interested candidates in early spring of 2016 to replace the recently retired Coach John McKissick. With football practice scheduled to begin in approximately five weeks, it was decided to name an interim coach to allow time for a thorough search for a future coach.

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